2022 Skoda Karoq (facelift) confirmed, would it get hybrid? [Update]

The Skoda Karoq, closely related to the VW Tiguan, is receiving a mid-life refresh this year. Unlike the original compact SUV launched in 2017, the restyled 2022 Skoda Karoq could be strapped with a hybrid engine.

“We are making our best-selling SUVs Kodiaq and Karoq fit for the years ahead,” Thomas Schafer, CEO, Skoda, said in his closing speech at the company’s annual press conference in March. Electrification is the way forward at Volkswagen Group, and so, central to keeping products “fit for the years ahead.”

2022 Skoda Karoq spotted by a TopElectricSUV reader

The 2022 Karoq is close to its unveiling, as Skoda has begun testing prototypes with mild camouflage. TopElectricSUV.com reader Tomas U, from Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, spotted a white test mule of the new Karoq (set as the featured image of the story). While it may seem like the old Karoq at first glance, a closer look reveals that Skoda has disguised it with fake plastic panels and stickers to hide the changes. Right off the bat, the headlamps seem to have been reshaped, and the radiator grille and front bumper are retouched.

Interior changes

Interior changes introduced on the Skoda Karoq with the mid-cycle update should be subtle. MIB3, the latest generation of Volkswagen Group’s modular infotainment system, made it to the compact SUV in June last year. So, the infotainment family will probably remain unchanged. New seat upholstery and brushed aluminium inserts could help spruce up the cabin.

Skoda has made plans for new entry-level variants of all model lines as part of its strategy to find new customers. We could witness the least expensive variant yet of the Karoq debut in the facelifted specification.

No electrification in the Kodiaq new model

Skoda was expected to electrify the Kodiaq with its mid-cycle facelift this year but didn’t. The non-availability of the Kodiaq as a plug-in hybrid or a mild-hybrid leads to doubts about the launch of a Karoq hybrid.

Perhaps the company doesn’t see the need for a Kodiaq PHEV now that it has a similar pure electric model in the line-up – the Enyaq. Moreover, the inclusion of electrification would drive prices up, discernably affecting sales. This could be true for a smaller car like Karoq, but the needs of every segment are different.

2022 Skoda Karoq hybrid variants speculated

If there is a hybrid model in the plan, the 2022 Skoda Karoq may borrow the 1.5-liter EVO e-TEC mild-hybrid engine from the 2021 Octavia. The electrified turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline mill produces 110 kW (147 hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb.-ft.). A 7-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission could be standard along with this engine. A 48-volt belt-driven starter motor and a 48-volt Lithium-ion battery would enable brake energy recuperation, electric boost, and coasting. Quieter and smoother engine starts, and fewer vibrations would be two more benefits of the mild-hybrid system.

Skoda Karoq rear - the base on which the 2022 Skoda Karoq will be developed
The exterior of the 2022 Skoda Karoq will get minor changes with new plastic parts such as intake, bumpers, and light clusters, and new paint and wheel options. Image: Skoda

Thanks to the technology available with the VW Group, the Skoda Karoq can get an iV plug-in hybrid variant as well, with a system power of 180 kW (241 hp) and a pure electric range of around 50 km (31 miles). The 2022 Skoda Karoq iV PHEV, if launched, would combine a 1.4-liter TSI engine with an electric motor, which would get its energy from a 13 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and power the front wheels only.

Czech car manufacturer systematically continues its 2021 model campaign..New models: Fabia, Enyaq iV Coupé, facelifts of KODIAQ and KAROQ, Octavia Pro in China, Kushaq in India.

Skoda Auto announcing its new model plan for 2021 on March 24

Release Date

Skoda will likely unveil the new Karoq in the third quarter and put it on sale soon a few weeks later.

Be sure to keep an eye on this page to know the latest on the 2022 Skoda Karoq.

2022 Skoda Karoq FAQs

What is the release date of the new Skoda Koroq?

Skoda has confirmed the release of the restyled Karoq for 2021. The launch is expected in the coming months.

What are the competitors of the 2022 Skoda Karoq?

The 2022 Renault Kadjar, 2022 Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5 and the 2021 Nissan Qashqai are competitors.

What is the expected price of the new Skoda Karoq range?

The starting price may not stray much, but the hybrids would cost 10-12 per cent over equivalent combustion variants.

Featured Image Source: Tomas U from Mlada Boleslav